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Knuckle hard and swollen, painful. What should I do beyond taking Ibuprofen?

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I woke up with my right index finger's knuckle hard and swollen. I have some pain but not a huge amount. Do I need to see a doctor? What should I do beyond taking ibuprofen?
Posted Thu, 24 May 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 4 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
If there is no history of injury to the area and there is localized pain and swelling then most likely it is related to a local joint inflammation. In addition to taking ibuprofen thrice daily after meals, you can do a hot fomentation and apply a local analgesic on the area for relief. Avoid moving the finger much until the inflammation subsides. This should be alright in 7-10 days if it is a minor inflammation.
In case the symptoms are persistent then consulting an orthopedician for prescription medicines will be helpful.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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